Its 2017, time for an updated exercise regimen, a new diet, and maybe a new gaming monitor? Choosing a gaming monitor will depend on your personal preferences, the space you’re in, and the types of games you play. And the good thing is that, there are so many options for great gaming monitors out there and there is something to suit every gaming style and every gamer’s personal preferences. We put together our top points in this gaming monitor buying guide.
If you’re looking to update your gaming monitor in the next few months there are some things you should know and some crucial details to decide on before you pull the trigger. Below is a list of crucial elements you should consider when deciding on your new monitor.
The size of your panel will determine the quality of the experience from a resolution standpoint. These days a gaming monitor can be as large as a 34-inch ultra wide monitor and as small as some 21-inch monitors and everything in between. There is nothing quite like experiencing gaming on an ultra wide curved monitor.
The curvature in the screen allows you an even more immersive experience.
Most people, however, don’t have the space or the budget for this type of monitor in which case a 24-inch monitor can provide a quality experience at a fraction of the price. Keep in mind that there are monitors at every size and price point, but the resolution offered will depend on screen size and the bigger the better!
Pixel Response Time
The pixel response rate refers to the time it takes for a monitor to transition pixels from one shade of grey to another. This is measured in milliseconds and the lower the response rate the smoother the gaming experience.
By investing in a monitor with a very low response rate you are eliminating a lot of the choppy graphics that can contribute to poor game quality.
For a TN panel, 1ms response time is ideal. And for an IPS panel it can be around 4ms.
A monitor’s refresh rate is the rate at which it can refresh the entire screen. Typically, monitors will have a 60Hz refresh rate, meaning the screen will refresh itself 60 times in a second. For a higher quality experience, look for a screen with at least 120Hz refresh rates. By doing so you are also making your system 3D capable.
If you are a console gamer then you don’t have to worry about the refresh rate.
It’s because the maximum FPS on a console is usually limited to 60 which is why a console gaming monitor doesn’t need to have a refresh rate higher than 60Hz.
Video inputs are also crucial to your overall gaming experience and something to take into account when shopping around for a monitor.
Do you use multiple gaming systems? Do you have disconnecting one system to use another? You’ll need to look for a monitor with multiple HDMI inputs. It is also a good idea to look for a monitor with multiples of other inputs, such as headphone jacks and USB ports.
Obviously, unless you game for a living, price is something that will come into play in your monitor purchasing decision. Quality monitors can run anywhere from a couple hundred dollars for a 24-inch screen with just a few features to $2500 for a top of the line 34-inch curved screen monitor with G-Sync capabilities and all of the bells and whistles.
It’s important to examine the features that are most important to your gaming experience. Is a high resolution absolutely crucial? Would you sacrifice some other features to enhance that part of the experience? Are a low price and a space saving model that will fit on your desk the most important features to you? Then perhaps a 21-inch monitor with a low resolution is actually perfect for you.
Do some research on the features you need and the features you didn’t think you needed. Ask your friends what they like and don’t like about their gaming monitors. What features do they wish they’d had? What features did they not use? If they had been torn between several different models, what was the final deciding factor for them?
When you think you’ve finally narrowed it down make sure to read the reviews! What’s most important is finding the right setup for you and doing your research is crucial.
Don’t rely on sales-people to sell you the right product!